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Hungary

Millennia of occupiers have left their mark on Hungary: Roman ruins, Turkish baths, Baroque castles, and monuments of the nomadic Magyar. Let your senses transport you through the centuries, from folk dance and opera houses, to the thermal baths at Lake Héviz, to a Budapest café where a gypsy violinist serenades over a dinner of paprika goulash.

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Small Group Tour Highlights of Central Europe
Dive into the history & culture of Central Europe: charming Budapest, Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna & Prague, the Heart of Europe
from $3399 w/ Flights from $2799 Tour Only 11 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Budapest

    Fisherman's Bastion, BudapestHungary’s capital city of Budapest is separated into two parts, divided by the Danube River: Buda and Pest. The city as a whole contains rich history, beautiful nature, and monumental landmarks. The Buda side of the city is home to Fisherman's Bastion, one of the most visited attractions, and most photographed spots, in the entire city that offers spectacular views of the city and river below. Buda is also home to the Buda Castle, whose eye-catching, Neo-Gothic Church will take your breath away with its stunning interior. Travel over the Chain Bridge to the downtown area of Pest, where you'll find St. Stephen's Basilica and the grand Hungarian Parliament Building. Stroll along further throughout the city and encounter other interesting and historic sights along the way, such as Liberty Square and the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau.

  2. Danube River

    Danube River panorama, BudapestFlowing from north to south through the center of Budapest, the Danube River divides the hills of the Buda side from the flat Pest side. Not only does this river cross over Hungary, but it also travel through 9 other countries, and is the second longest river in all of Europe! There are winding bike paths along the river, as well as spectacular spots to view the breathtaking sunset. Hungary is home to the second crossing across the entire river, the 19th-century Chain Bridge, that connects Pest and Buda and is the most popular bridge in all of Budapest.

  3. Buda Castle

    Buda CastleLocated in Budapest, Buda Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that exerts grand designs as well as a majestic exterior appearance. In fact, this extravagant castle is a reason why Budapest is known as the "Paris of the East", since many see this building as similar to Versailles. Although the castle was ruined in the late 1600s, it was fruitfully restored and rebuilt in the 18th century, and now includes over 200 rooms. The exterior castle is just as stunning as the interior, with gardens adorned with spouting fountains and intricate statues. The castle is complete with a dome that towers at 200 ft. high and oversees the flowing Danube River as well as other buildings dotting the city.

  4. Historic Spa Towns

    Széchényi Baths, Budapest photo by Alana Harris on UnsplashHungary has a strong reputation for its therapeutic hot springs, and there's no question why it's referred to as "the Land of Thermal Spas"! The hot spring and baths date back thousands of years ago, when the Romans worshiped these thermal waters due to their healing effects. Today, over 1,000 springs provide water to these thermal hot springs and baths. Many people, both locals and especially travelers, value these waters, and soaking in the warm mineral waters has become part of life throughout the country.

Fast Facts

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Overview

Capital: Budapest
Population: 9.818 million
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Languages: Hungarian
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Hungary for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no special health requirements or precautions to take when visiting Hungary.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

May through September are the best months to visit Hungary. The cultural season is active and temps are mild. Fall and spring are worth a visit as well, although temps drop around 20 degrees. 

Tipping

Tip waiters 15-20% and taxi drivers 10%. Tip Gypsy musicians 100-200 Ft.

Money & Credit Cards

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

Items to watch for are embroidered peasant wedding clothing, such as vests or skirts, linens with embroidered illustrations and Hungarian script (red on black designs are authentic- you'll find them at stores that sell antiques), porcelain, peasant-style Korond pottery, lace, dolls, wine, carpets, wooden items, copper and brassware, medicinal tonics, paprika, old prints, maps and photographs, antiques (keep the receipts to show customs). 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • Hungary is a land-locked country in Central Europe sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • Founded in 897, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe.
  • The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters, as opposed to the 26 letters in the US alphabet.
  • It is considered rude to clink your beer glasses in Hungary.
  • Budapest has the highest number of thermal springs in the world, with over 1500 spas!
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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